Is Your Workplace Psychologically Healthy?

Written by admin, October 9, 2014

October 9, 2014 –  October 29 Workshop Helps Employers Comply with National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Screen Shot 10-09-14 at 08.35 AMThe Peterborough Health at Work Committee and the Peterborough Chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), are jointly hosting the “Guarding Minds at Work” workshop on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

“There are 13 psychosocial factors known to have a powerful impact on organizational health, the health of individual employees, and the financial bottom line,” said Monique Beneteau, Health Promoter at Peterborough Public Health, one of the committee partners. “More than one-third of disability claims and 70% of disability costs are related to mental health and every workplace is feeling the effects of this.  Taking a proactive approach to prevent mental injuries and promote mental health will not only contribute to a workplace’s success but helps improve mental health in the community as well.”

Scientific evidence shows that when businesses adopt policies and programs to address psychological health and safety, they incur between 15% to 33% fewer costs.  Legal standards increasingly require employers to develop comprehensive strategies for ensuring a psychologically safe workplace. In 2013, the Canadian Standards Association released Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, a voluntary standard intended to provide systematic guidelines for Canadian employers enabling them to develop and continuously improve psychologically safe and healthy work environments for their employees.

Featuring expert facilitator Andrew Harkness, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, this workshop is the third collaboration between HRPA’s Peterborough Chapter and the Peterborough Health at Work Committee.  The goal of this session is to introduce participants to the Guarding Minds @ Work website—a free, practical, evidence-based resource that will provide employers with the tools to support compliance with CSA Z1003 Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (PHSW) Standard. 

The workshop takes place on Wednesday, October 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Best Western Otonabee Inn, Peterborough.  Breakfast is included. Registration fee is $40 and the workshop is limited to 50 participants. To register and for more details, visit or

Registration closes October 22.

For further information, please contact:


Monique Beneteau                                                      Katherine Jordan

Health Promoter                                                            Program Director

Workplace Health Program                                         Human Resources Professionals Association

Peterborough Public Health                     Peterborough Chapter

(705) 743-1000, ext. 309                               (705) 748-6687, ext. 1033